When I lock my computer and I go to the login screen there is a purple colored background. How do I change this?

I set this when Windows 8.1 was first installed.

  • Feeling embarrassed about your initial choice of color, eh? :) Too girlish color? Worried about nasty comments your co-workers might make if they see that? You can always put a paper bag over it. I'm just kidding.
    – Samir
    Oct 7, 2014 at 18:04

3 Answers 3


Press Win+W and type accent in the Search box on the right, and select Change the Background and colors on Start. Click on it and change the color.

windows 8.1 win+w search setting

Alternative method:

Press Win while viewing the Desktop and you will be taken to the Metro Menu. Press Win+C → Settings → Personalize → Choose your color.

  • Nothing happens when I do that. I click it and it does nothing.
    – ECMAScript
    Aug 24, 2014 at 22:09
  • @ECMAScript What do you mean ? When you click on Change the Background nothing happens ?
    – Devid
    Aug 24, 2014 at 22:12
  • I click on Change the Background and colors on Start and nothing appears
    – ECMAScript
    Aug 24, 2014 at 22:14
  • @ECMAScript check the my answer I updated it. But you should actually see colors from which you can choose when you click on Background and colors on Start.
    – Devid
    Aug 24, 2014 at 22:20
  • I don't know about you, but clicking on the "Change the background and colors on Start" link is not resulting in any action, i.e. no settings window is shown. This is most likely a bug. I am using Windows 8.1 Pro with Update 1 and latest update, 64-bit version.
    – Samir
    Oct 7, 2014 at 18:38

This is a variation of the method posted by Devid. On my Windows 8.1 Pro computer I was unable to click on the "Change the background and colors on Start" link, as noted. This is high likely a bug. So I will show a slightly different way to access this setting, and also post some nice screenshot.

  1. While viewing the Desktop, press the Windows key to show the Start screen.
  2. Move your mouse pointer to the upper right corner of the screen and move it down.
  3. Click on "Settings", and then "Personalize" at the top.
  4. Pick a "background color".

windows 8.1 personalize start screen background


Take your mouse p[ointer to the extreme right. Click Settings. Click Change PC Settings. Click PC and Devices on the PC Settings app. Choose the image you like, and exit. If you want to use your image to set as lock screen background, hit Browse button below lock screen images.

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